#6. February 6,
P. 21, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * February 6, 2006...
AFP on the Bookshelf: Book Review with
Michael Collins Piper
Is No Jerry Falwell
By Michael Collins Piper
this reviewer first had the pleasure of making the acquaintance
of Dale Crowley, Jr. some 25 years ago it had always been my impression
that all Christian evangelical fundamentalists were unswerving hard-line
supporters of the modern-day state of Israel.
However, meeting Dale Crowley and his wonderful wife, Mary, changed
all that. Thanks to the Crowleys, I gained a fresh and much-needed
new perspective on what Christianity is really all about.
These days — as it has been since 1979 — Crowley has
been an often-lone voice of sanity on the radio airwaves in the
Washington area. He has been bringing a message — over the
region’s oldest and most influential Christian radio station,
WFAX (AM 1220, online at wfax.com)
— that has infuriated the Israeli lobby. His three different
broadcasts, “The King’s Business,” “The
Sound Doctrine Hour” and “Focus on Israel” have
attracted a steady following among Christians who are dedicated
Crowley comes from the old-line evangelical tradition and that’s
what makes his critique of the preachings of Jerry Falwell, Pat
Robertson and Tim LaHaye all the more thought-provoking.
On the Wrong Side of
Just About Everything
But Right About It All
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Now, at long last, in a handy 228-page volume,
a collection of transcriptions, never before available in print,
of some of Crowley’s best and most instructive radio broadcasts
are now available.
Wryly entitled On the Wrong Side of Just About Everything
But Right About It All, this book will give readers
a lively perspective on not only the Bible and what some people
teach about the Bible, but also a more precise understanding of
how and why there are certain forces in the world today that have
a vested interest in misleading Christians by propping up false
prophets who are nothing more than Judas goats leading the lambs
Among other things, Crowley rejects the tired old theme that America
has a “Judeo-Christian heritage.” No, says Crowley,
America is a “Christian” nation and in one chapter he
cites the Biblical scripture and American historical data which
proves it and also disproves the myth of “Judeo-Christianity.”
In many respects, Crowley can be credited as the one earthly being
responsible for the late-in-life conversion to Christianity of the
outspoken Russian-born Jew, Haviv Schieber, whom I was also privileged
to count among my personal friends.
One of the early founding fathers of modern-day Israel and later
one of its most outspoken critics, Schieber worked closely with
Crowley, educating his Christian ally in the ways and wiles of Israel.
Crowley has a fascinating chapter about his work with Schieber in
Crowley also worked closely with the late Grace
Halsell, a veteran journalist and world-traveler whose famous work,
v, exposed the manipulation of American
fundamentalist Christians by the power brokers in Zionist Israel
and their behind-the-scenes Israeli lobby collaborators in Washington.
The bottom line is this: anyone who has even the slightest interest
in the Middle East conflict — particularly the problem of
Israel — needs to read and understand what Crowley has to
say. Agree or disagree, his new book is a challenge laid down in
no uncertain terms. It’s a volume that deserves careful study
and Crowley asks you to try to refute him, if you can. But you can’t
refute Crowley until you know what he actually has to say.
But be warned: Crowley is no amateur, easily dismissed. The son
of one of the nation’s best-known evangelical preachers, Crowley
— over his own 55-year career, following graduation from Bob
Jones University, authored or otherwise published numerous books,
pamphlets and other Christian literature. And he’s been a
missionary in Japan (and his grown children have been missionaries
worldwide as well). In the 1960s he was also a linguist and instructor
at the University of Hawaii.
If you rely on Falwell, Robertson and LaHaye to tell you what the
Bible says, you definitely want to check out Crowley’s new
book, especially because you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised
to see that, contrary to what you might expect, he’s more
in line with your thinking than you might imagine.
(Issue #7, February 6, 2006, American